August 2, 2015 Subject:
Smoking hot bubbling lava !
I keep coming back to this particular version by Dean Grabski and it continues to blow my mind each time. This show kicks ass from start to finish. The first two songs get things going and then by the time Candy Man is over, your mind is blown and your face is melted right off your head.
I was at this show, but cannot remember a lot from it except the Terrapin blew my mind to pieces. It was so cold outside Big Mac, but inside it was as hot as a boiling volcano due to Jerry's playing. The three night run was epic, but this one here, this is a very special show. Thank you Dean for taping it.
July 31, 2015 Subject:
My first Dead show
I hitched a ride from Gunnison on a semi-truck with a girl from college. Arriving late, in from the freezer upon the joyous crowd, the wheel was already spinning. It was a hot show, carrying the powerful late 80's momentum. It took but a few moments into Help on the Way for Jerry to blow my mind. I remember him and Bruce doing their dynamic back and forth licks, playing off each other with a conversational quality.
Midway through Eyes I was stunned, watching every mind on the floor flow with Jerry's undulating phrases, spinning on every note. Every molecule was in sync that night. Lightning in a bottle. The spinners were out in full force at those shows. Women in long flowing dresses filling the halls. What a sight to behold.
May 31, 2014 Subject:
Yes, Jerry was starting to use again I think around summer 89, but it seems the first couple years after he started using 77-80, 89-91, he would play amazing precision and power, then after a few years the dope would take its toll and he'd start getting sloppy at times,not to say there aren't some smokin' shows during that time, there most definitely were.
Clapton's era of using dope seems to have had a similar effect; using during the Layla album with Duane, reaching a peak, his addiction progresses and he starts getting pretty sloppy for his standards by 71-73'..gets clean and by 74 his playing is significantly better. If you can get your hands on some live Clapton, listening to some Derek & Domino's shows from 70'-Bangladesh and Rainbow Concert (71,73) and 74-75' (E.C was here is a good one..75' I think) you can kind of hear how his playing peaked, plummeted and peaked during those years.
This is a solid show front to back.
March 7, 2012 Subject:
My first of 107 shows
I had no idea what I was in for...I had enough knowledge of the music to groove well enough, but I couldn't pick the 2nd set opener during set break yet! Some of Bruce Hornsby's first shows after replacing Brent Mydland and already the Dark Star teases were poking out in the between songs noodling. I saw a sick show with some great first songs and quit my job the next day to run away with the circus. After seeing most of the shows in 1991 (pre and post Jerry rehab) in retrospect the shows were just a hint of what would become one of the hottest tour years the band had together before Jerry's passing.
April 17, 2011 Subject:
An absolutely effin' stunning show!
April 17, 2011 Subject:
Wait a minute ...
Wasn't Jerry supposed to be relapsing into heroin addiction, and it was supposed to be affecting his play? Not on this night!! Yet another outstanding show from a truly great period that many back in the 80's thought would never happen. The playing by everyone is stellar throughout, but certainly the Deal is a barn-burner. In the second set, we get a long, wild, and yet very tight China>Rider. Dark Star features some spacey jam heading into Terrapin. Although this is not one of the all-time versions, still, any post-74 Dark Star is rare enough to be special. Space in 1990-91 actually meant something more than a bathroom break, and this is no exception. Then comes a blistering Watchtower. The rest of the show is solid.
April 6, 2008 Subject:
Good AUD of Great Show!
I read all the great reviews of this show under the "stream only" SBD version - as well as the Taping Compendium rave review - figured I'd give this AUD a shot - glad I did!!! This show cooks!!!
Many highlights - Deal! - ol' Jer's midi-trumpet on the uniquely placed Iko - Dark Star!!!- etc.